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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nara, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Program Description:

Intercultural Communication

Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Japan
Dr. Soo-Hye Han


  • Summer 2018 Course with Summer 2018 Study Tour

  • Language Prerequisite: No

  • Courses and Credits:

    • COMM 480 – 3 K-State undergraduate credits

    • COMM 799 – 3 K-State graduate credits

  • Important Dates and Deadlines:

    • Course Dates: June 1, 2018 – June 29, 2018

      • On-campus or virtual meeting in late March/early April (Location,day, time TBD)

    • Tour Dates: June 6, 2018 – June 21, 2018

    • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

    • OIP Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2018

  • Total Estimated Cost:

    • Undergraduate: $5,281.03 (includes tuition, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses)

    • Graduate: $5,597.53 (includes tuition, program fees, and additional anticipated expenses)


In this course, students will explore the complex relationship between communication and culture in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in class discussions and assignments designed to enhance their intercultural experience, global cultural literacy, and theoretical understanding of how culture is constructed, negotiated, and maintained through communication practices.
We will embark on a two-week trip to Japan (6/6-6/21). During the trip, students will be exposed to a myriad of opportunities to learn about Japanese culture, its history and values, and how people live and interact with each other. Students will visit various sites (such as ancient temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara, modern skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the site of the first atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima) and engage in intercultural communication firsthand by interacting with Japanese college students in Tokyo.
By the end of the course students will gain a better understanding of commonalities and differences across cultures, identify and appreciate challenges and opportunities in intercultural communication contexts, develop a more global multicultural perspective, and hopefully become more self-reflective communicators who understand and appreciate their own culture as well as others.

·      Take classes and interact with students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo
·      Learn to navigate the world’s busiest subway system in Tokyo
·      Enjoy free time to explore the city of Tokyo on your own
·      Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Genbaku Dome (where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945).
·      Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
·      Visit the Itsukushima Shrine and its “floating” gate (UNESCO World Heritage site)
·      Visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara (including Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and
       Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple complex)
·      Participate in the Japanese tea ceremony lesson in Kyoto
·      Ride the high-speed bullet train (Shinkansen) from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Hiroshima to Kyoto, and Kyoto to Tokyo.
·      Enjoy delicious local food available at all sites 



This program is open to everyone: credit-seeking students (K-State or Non-K-State) as well as non-credit participants.


  • Program Fees (Billed to KSIS): $1,943.73 (includes lodging/accommodations, group meals, events/tours/admissions, international health insurance, OIP administration fee, and bank wire fees).

  • Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$952.30 for one 3 credit hour undergraduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.

  • Estimated K-State Tuition and Fees for Graduate Course (Billed to KSIS): *$1,268.80 for one 3 credit hour graduate K-State course, including a $25.00 Global Campus Fee.

  • Additional Anticipated Expenses (Not Billed): $2,385.00 (for expenses such as international airfare, host country transportation, individual meals, gratuities/tips, phone, and passport fee).

*Tuition/fee estimate is based on 2017-2018 K-State Tuition/Fee Schedule. Rates may change for different academic years
Note: Education Abroad and Kansas State University post all billable costs directly to students’ KSIS accounts at the start of the academic term in which the course is offered. For spring courses, charges will appear in late January; for summer courses, charges appear in mid-May; and for fall courses, charges appear in late August.

Before you apply, please review some important information about scholarships and financial aid at

Dr. Soo-Hye Han
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Brent Holliday
Education Abroad Advisor
Education Abroad
304 Fairchild Hall

*Program information subject to change. Please contact Education Abroad for the most updated details.